The Arts Department offers two graduate programs exploring an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to experimental arts practice with a focus on the uses and cultural implications of contemporary technologies.
The MFA in interdisciplinary electronic arts stresses the development of a student's individual art practice and professional career. Study includes creative work in areas such as computer music, video art, performance, games, multimedia installation, tactical media, interactivity, and computer imaging and animation.
The interdisciplinary Ph.D. integrates arts practice with theoretical and historical investigations, emphasizing the exploration of new domains of creativity that necessitate advanced research in a variety of fields, including communication, technologies, biology, and gaming. Applicants must hold a master's degree prior to entrance into the Ph.D. program.
The work of the department's distinguished faculty and alumni is represented internationally in museums, galleries, festivals, publications, and performances.
Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by a number of professional and academic societies.